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Slide Effect


Reviewed:

December 27th 2008
February 25th 2009






Introduction
About Slide Effect
Download and Installation
Using Slide Effect
Pricing and Support
Conclusion


Introduction

Many times, using PowerPoint may not be enough. You might want a presentation with moving backgrounds, shaking pictures, and the ability to output to Flash or DVD. Most of the time, I won't recommend creating a business presentation on those lines, but I do know that there are occasions where such presentations are required -- especially if you want to create a quick kiosk presentation, something for a tradeshow booth, or even a quick advertisement video! And if such presentations can be exported to Flash or AVI files, then there's no reason why you cannot add those movies to the opening slide of your PowerPoint presentation!

Our review product today is called Slide Effect -- while it uses the presentation and slide metaphor, it creates output that looks more akin to something created with more expensive and complicated programs.

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About Slide Effect

Slide Effect is from devsoft, a software company based in Lausanne, Switzerland which creates multimedia software. You can learn more about these products, and download a trial version of Slide Effect here...

Slide Effect is a standalone software which allows you to import your pictures and add image effects, basic and 3D text effects, video and transitions, moving backgrounds and special effects. All this can be output to:

  • Standalone Executable
  • Standalone Screensaver
  • DVD Format Movie / Flash FLV

Here's a sample screenshot of a presentation output from Slide Effect.

Slide Effect Sample Presentation

My contact at devsoft for this review was Alain Bocherens - thank you, Alain.

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Download and Installation

Download the installer, run the setup routine and follow the instructions. You'll end up with a Slide Effect program group in your Windows Start menu (see Figure 1 below).

Slide Effect Start menu Group
Figure 2: Slide Effect Start menu Group

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Using Slide Effect

Follow this steps to use Slide Effect:

  1. Go to your Windows Start menu and choose All Programs | Slide Effect | Slide Effect (see Figure 1 above).

  2. This opens Slide Effects interface as shown in Figure 2.

    Slide Effect interface
    Figure 2: Slide Effect interface

  3. Click on Add a New Slide button to add a new slide in interface (refer to Figure 2 above).

  4. This opens Select a type of slide from the list dialog box as shown in Figure 3. Choose the slide layout you like, and click Add the new slide button.

    Select a type of slide from the list
    Figure 3: Select a type of slide from the list

  5. The selected slide type will open in the Slide Effect interface, as you can see in Figure 4.

    Slide Effect interface

    Figure 4: Slide Effect interface

    The interface is explained below:

    1. Toolbar -- this is where you can insert a new slide, open a new document, save your presentation and preview the presentation before exporting.

    2. Tabs -- the four tabs are:

      1. Main (the main working area shows the stage were you can add/remove objects and edit them as required),

      2. Background (choose from static and moving backgrounds, or import a background)

      3. Initial Transition (this tab is visible only if you select the first slide, and controls the transition for that slide)

      4. Transition (this tab works like the Initial Transition tab for all the remaining slides)

    3. Slide Pane -- displays the slide thumbnails.

    4. Main Stage -- displays the selected slide objects, here you can add, remove, and edit slide objects.

    5. Objects -- here you have icons for common objects available that can be added to your slide. Click on any object to add it in the center of the current slide, and then reposition as required.

    6. Properties -- here you'll find properties for:

      • Advance Slide Properties: Here you can set the playing settings for the slide. You can choose the slide to play on click/keyboard click or automatically and set the time in seconds for the slide transition (you can also mix automatic and manual mode).

      • Object Properties: Here you can change all the properties of the selected object like animation effect, fonts, colors or anything else.

      • Time Settings: Here you can choose the delay for the display of the selected object, and if it disappears after some time (the End effect will only be shown if you uncheck the "Infinite" checkbox).

  6. Import images or videos, add effects and slide transitions, etc. Once done, preview and save your presentation.

  7. Choose File | Export Presentation (see Figure 5).

    Export Presentation
    Figure 5: Export Presentation

  8. This opens the Exportation Wizard, as shown in Figure 6.

    Exportation Wizard
    Figure 6: Exportation Wizard

  9. Choose the output format you want, and click the Next button to continue with the wizard.

Note: Based on the output format selected, the wizard options change. Follow the subsequent wizard steps, and export your presentation.

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Pricing and Support

Slide Effect costs $49.00.

Support is through email, online FAQ, and web tutorials.

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Conclusion

For $49, you can't go wrong with a program of this sort. I can already think of so many ways I can use this program: for animated picture shows, opening slide sequences, tradeshow booth loops, etc. And I can export all of these to movie files that can be used within a PowerPoint presentation, or even posted on YouTube!

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